Western Animation: Rugrats Go Wild!

Rugrats Go Wild! is the third and final Rugrats movie, as well as the second and also final The Wild Thornberrys movie released in 2003. Thus making it a Crossover for both series.

Stu takes his family and friends on a cruise and after getting caught in a storm they wash up a deserted island.

Tommy's hero Nigel Thornberry and his family happen to be on the same island filming a documentary.

The babies search the island for "Nigel Strawberry" (not knowing for sure that he's there) and Nigel finds them, but then a coconut falls on Nigel's head and he gets amnesia, making him think he's a baby.

Though it did earn enough money to cover its $25 million budget, it was still a box-office disappointment, only making $39,402,572 in domestic gross. It also didn't help that it was released in a congested market of movie sequels that year.


Rugrats Go Wild! provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ascended Extra
    • Susie gets to join in on the adventure after being a only minor character in the first two movies.
    • And Spike is now an supporting character, thanks to Eliza Thornberry's power giving him a speaking role.
  • Badass: Quite a few characters, actually.
    • After a first act brimming with Epic Fail, Stu gets one in designing a Rube-Goldbergesque system to raise the Comvee, leading to the rescue of Nigel and the babies.
    • Spike should get special mention for brazenly humiliating a clouded leopard, risking drowning to retrieve the raft for the pontoon repair, and being voiced by Bruce Willis.
    • Betty spends the film overcompensating for Howard's breakdown. She dives back into the wreck to save a life raft (and Dil's pacifier,) breaks up the group's roundtable shouting match, and takes an active role in the Comvee salvage alongside experienced explorer Marianne Thornberry.
    • The three most self-interested characters in the movie each get a moment of their own. Charlotte spearheads the escape of the capsizing boat (complete with informed Fanservice Action Dress Rip.) Angelica manages to pilot the bathysphere well enough to rescue the babies, Suzie and Nigel from the cave, even if they smack into an even bigger mess. Debbie's is minor, but she does provide a crucial element to the Comvee raising- the gum to hold the patch in place for the pontoon. She even dives in herself to secure it.
  • Bamboo Technology
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Siri catches up to the babies, Donnie springs into action, wearing Chuckie's clothes and wielding Dil's stroller like a katana. He does no great damage to the leopard, but he ensures the kids' escape single-handed.
  • Cats Are Mean: Siri the clouded leopard.
  • Chekhov's Gun
    • Chuckie's shoes, the only bit of clothing Donnie doesn't return. They serve as the parents' alert that the tykes are missing, leading them to chase him until they meet Marianne, setting up Act 3.
    • Also, the raft that Betty retrieves in the shipwreck. Spike retrieves it in Act 3 so the adults can patch the sunken Comvee's busted pontoon.
  • The Cloud Cuckoo Lander Was Right: Not quite "cloudcuckoolander", but it has the same principle; Angelica tries to freak the babies out by telling them that a giant squid will try to eat them. Sure enough, the group encounters a giant squid in the bathysphere (although it's depicted as a Gentle Giant).
  • Conspicuous CG: A few pretty jarring examples — most notably the sea when there are waves.
  • Continuity Nod: Nigel receives a blow to the head and believes he's a baby, just like Stu in the Rugrats episode "Regarding Stuie". Also, at one point as Chuckie is wandering through the jungle, he sees a bunch of monkeys and screams, "Oh no! Not monkeys!" in reference to the first movie in which one of the babies' greatest enemies was a troop of circus monkeys that were following them and chased Chuckie to and nearly off a cliff.
  • Creator Killer: The film's failure stopped Nickelodeon and Klasky-Csupo's 10+ year partnership dead in it's tracks.
  • Crossover: The main marketing gimmick for the movie since both series were very popular at the time.
  • Deleted Scenes: A few Cut Songs and a short scene showing Betty fishing with a spear and Didi being horrified by her "inhumane" methods.
  • Demoted to Extra: Grandpa Lou.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Sure, nobody is really going to die in a Rugrats movie, but one of the darkest moments in the film is when Nigel and the babies are trapped in the bathysphere on the ocean floor, out of fuel and, soon, oxygen. Nigel decides, rather than panicking, to keep the kids distracted by singing "Old MacDonald." The expression on his face every time he looks at the oxygen gauge shows a clear lack of expectation to survive.
  • Injury Bookend: Nigel Thornberry falls on his head and regresses to believing he's three years old. Later, when chaos ensues inside a small sub, a subsequent whack to the head restores his memory
  • I Would Say If I Could Say
    Spike (while he's trying to get the raft): I've battled my way through more tennis balls then I can count! If I could count!
  • Intergenerational Friendship : Angelica and Debbie, and Nigel with all the kids, especially with Tommy.
  • MacGyvering
  • Mirror Routine: Chuckie and Donnie do this through a waterfall after Donnie takes Chuckie's clothes and glasses.
  • Mistaken Identity: When the babies see Donnie wearing Chuckie's clothes (and his glasses), they assume he's Chuckie. It doesn't help that they (somewhat) resemble each other anyway.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Rather than put everyone on a nice cruise, Stu them all on some old, rat-infested boat. They end up capsizing in the middle of the sea. He later tries to make up for it by building a communications device, only to have allowed the babies to wander off. He is able to build a device to raise the submersible from under water.
  • Oh, Crap: Eliza's response when she realizes that Siri wants to eat the babies.
  • Predators Are Mean: Siri. She likes to eat babies simply For the Evulz!
  • Science Marches On: Nigel observes that the giant squid has never been seen alive before. This was certainly true at the time the movie was released, but in later years, the giant squid was indeed seen alive.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Siri the Sunda clouded leopard
  • Shout-Out: After the families board Stu's ship, we cut to Angelica standing at the bow holding Cynthia, shouting "I'm queen of the world!", referencing Titanic, as a song sounding a lot like "My Heart Will Go On" plays.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: This is more of a Rugrats movie. With the exception of Nigel, the Thornberrys don't do much.
  • Stealth Pun: Stu Pickles buying everyone tickets for a luxury cruise, then making them take a smaller, rickety looking boat instead, resulting in everyone getting shipwrecked. In short what he did was completely Stu-pid.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Spike note , by Bruce Willis. Though at the very least, this is explained through Eliza's powers of talking with other animals. Naturally, this is the only time in the series he does talk, so it's not a permanent thing.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the middle of a dangerous storm, Charlotte calls Jonathan, asking him to divert it. And later, Betty is the only person keeping her from jumping overboard with it.
  • Villain (Sucks) Song: The "Big Bad Cat" number is a combination of both, where it's a Villain Sucks Song for Spike, and a Villain Song for Siri.
  • What Could Have Been: It was originally made as an hour long TV special, but test audience reactions were so positive it was rewritten and reanimated for theatrical release.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Siri at first, seemed to be a major antagonist in the film. She only appears in a few scenes and is never seen or mentioned again.

Alternative Title(s):

Rugrats Go Wild